Norman north basketball star Trae Young is considered by some to be one of the top 15 seniors in the entire country.
That’s led to some exclusive opportunities lately.
Highlighted by winning a gold medal with USA’s under 18 team just last month.
He’s also decided to stay at home this year instead of heading off to a prep school, and that decision comes with some perks.
“Well definitely my mom’s cooking,” Trae said. “I’m definitely still going to be having that. Just being able to see my little brother grow up. What my two little sisters do in their sports activities. Being able to spend some time with them. I know I’ll be off to college wherever I go next year, and it won’t be the same, so I’m just going to enjoy that with my family.”
Young recently trimmed his college choices to six schools, Texas Tech, Washington, Kansas and Kentucky, but the 17 year old also has OU and OSU on that list.
“I mean that’s the home town schools,” Trae said. “A lot of my family members have attended Oklahoma State, so I have a lot of orange on some of my side of family. But I’ve grown up in Norman. Norman, Oklahoma, so being a ball boy for Blake and being able to know buddy really well.
Young might see Buddy Hield at his next event.
Nike sends the top twelve players to the Bahamas to train for ‘The Trip.’
In the process he’ll meet Barack Obama.
“He’ll get to meet Gary Payton, Scotty Pippen, some of the best players to ever play in the NBA,” Ray Young, Trae’s father, said. “And at the same time they get to listen to parents like Chris Paul’s parents. They can kind of teach us what it’s like. And just know that nothing’s promised and anything can change in one day, but just enjoy the ride.”
Like most basketball fans in Oklahoma, Trae has an opinion on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Except he knows both NBA stars through Nike events that he’s attended.
“I know a lot of fans were disappointed when Kevin left, but Kevin did what was best for him,” Trae said. With me knowing him I saw both sides. I saw the side of fans being disappointed, but I also saw the side where it was a hard decision for him. And what he felt like moving and playing for golden state next year was the best decision for him, and his family. I was happy for him. Excited my man Russell’s going to be back, so I know he’s ready to get it going.”
Young told me he too is ready to get back on the court.
His goal is to win Norman North the school’s first state title in basketball.